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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

National Men’s Health Week is June 9-15

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This national recognition encourages men to make their health a priority by taking daily steps to be healthier and stronger.

There are many easy things men can do every day to improve health and stay healthy:

Get Good Sleep: Insufficient sleep is associated with diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, and can be responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents. In general, adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep.

Toss out the Tobacco: It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.

Move More: Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more days a week.

Eat Healthy: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. They are sources of many vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Choose healthy snacks.

Tame Stress: Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Find support. Connect socially. Stay active.

Stay on Top of Your Game: See your doctor or nurse for regular checkups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help diagnose issues early or before they can become a problem.

For more information about men’s health, visit CDC Men’s Health or the Men’s Health Network.

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